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    PBA even closer to return once NCR is under MGCQ, says Vargas

    Jul 2, 2020
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    THE PBA has yet to hear from the Inter-Agency Task Force but chairman Ricky Vargas expressed confidence that the league will still be allowed to resume practice sooner than later.

    Vargas said a downgrade of Metro Manila to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) will make the league closer to a resumption of the season that as postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Vargas’ statement came amidst the IATF’s decision to extend the GCQ in Metro Manila until July 15, while some provinces are already under MGCQ.

    “Closest that we can get is if we get to MGCQ. Kapag MGCQ, you may go back to practicing,” said Vargas.

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    The PBA is pushing for the resumption of the 2020 season of the league after only one game was played last March 8. The league will decide with finality on whether they will resume or not by August.

    Time is ticking for the PBA, but Vargas still expressed confidence that the PBA will eventually restart following the help of Games and Amusements Board, which is also making its own representations for the return of professional sports particularly those with contact in nature.

    “The more positive is ‘yung statement ng GAB na they are working to see that professional sports begin. Ang process natin, GAB, IATF, DOH, LGUs, at ‘yung owners ng coliseum. Medyo mahirap din ang proseso plus the protocols we have to agree on these with the five stakeholders whether they are capable of doing that,” he said.

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      Vargas said the recent coordination of the league with its players explaining the protocols the PBA will be implementing is also a good step into the right direction.

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      “We are still very positive and our players are very hopeful that we can start. Alam din naman nila na we are protecting their own health interest and their family with the protocols that we’ve put together,” Vargas said.

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